December 2019John and Mary Ellen Imlay’s connection to and love of Scotland and its people inspired The Imlay Foundation to extend its grantmaking to Scotland, where John and Mary Ellen had a home in North Berwick for more than 25 years.

The Foundation made its first grant in Scotland in 1991, and over the next nearly 30 years made 239 grants totaling more than $2.7 million to Scottish charitable organizations.  During that time, the Foundation relied on the knowledge and wisdom of two local Scottish board members to identify, visit with and develop relationships with these charities.  These two board members included the late Donald Hardie (1991 to 2015) and Michael Walker (2015-2019).

After 30 years of grantmaking, The Imlay Foundation Board of Directors made the decision to complete the Foundation’s work in Scotland at the end of 2019.  The board has been fully committed to the Foundation’s support for charitable organizations in Scotland over the last 30 years and has prioritized giving in its home base of Atlanta, the community that helped build John’s business, family and leadership, moving forward.

To honor The Imlay Foundation’s extensive grantmaking history in Scotland, the Foundation’s board of directors approved three final, significant grants in 2019 to Scottish organizations to which the Foundation has long provided support:

  • Leuchie House                                 $150,000
  • Muirfield Riding Therapy               $130,000
  • Salveson Mindroom                        $120,000